'Left 4 Dead' Wins Élan Game Of The Year


Posted April 28, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Elan AwardsValve's first-person zombie Apocalypse game Left 4 Dead swept the Élan awards this year, winning the Video Game of the Year award, Best PC Game, Best Game Design, and Outstanding Technical Innovation at the ceremony this weekend in Vancouver, Canada. The only award the game was nominated for and didn't win was Best Console Game. That award went to Bethesda's Fallout 3.

The Élan Awards have been around for three years, and honor both video games and animation. This year, the ceremony was hosted by Tom "SpongeBob SquarePants" Kenny.  While originally started to honor specifically Canadian game makers, the Élan Awards have since gone international, and now honor video games and animation from all over the world.

Click the cut for the full list of winners!


Game Awards:

Video Game of the Year - Left 4 Dead (Valve, PC/360/PS3)
Outstanding Technical Innovation - Left 4 Dead (Valve, PC/360/PS3)
Best Game Design - Left 4 Dead (Valve, PC/360/PS3)
Best PC Game - Left 4 Dead
Best Console Game - Fallout 3 (Bethesda, 360/PS3)
Best Art Direction - Fallout 3 (Bethesda, PC/360/PS3)
Best Casual/Arcade Game - Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst (Big Fish Games, PC)
Best Student Video Game - Deguiyu
Best Mobile Handheld Game - Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney Interactive, DS)
Best Sound in a Video Game Production - Gears of War 2 (Epic/Microsoft, 360)

Animation Awards:

Best Feature Length Animated Production - WALL-E Disney / Pixar
Best Animated Television Production - Zeke's Pad My Pad Prod's / Avrill Stark Entertainment; Bardel Entertainment Inc. /
Best Animated Short Subject - World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (intro cinematic) Blizzard Entertainment .
Best Director for an Animated Production - Wapos Bay: The Series Wapos Bay Studio National Film Board of Canada .
Best Voice Over in an Animated Production (All genres) - Tom Kenny Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants
Best Character Animation - Toot & Puddle Mercury Filmworks / National Geographic Kids Entertainment
Best Art Direction - Zeke's Pad My Pad Prod's / Avrill Stark Entertainment; Bardel Entertainment Inc.


'Left 4 Dead' Wins Élan Game Of The Year


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